Scott Ruddick: Focus on a Chartered Security Professional
One of the most recent admissions to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals is Scott Ruddick CSyP, a Canadian national who is the Director of Global Security with MEDA, one of Canada’s leading international aid and development organisations.
We spoke with Scott about his reasons for becoming chartered and what it means to him:
Why did you choose to become a Chartered Security Professional?
While there are a number of security certifications, it was the focus on the assessment and verification of strategic and higher operational-level competencies in security that was the driver for me in deciding to pursue becoming a CSyP. I also liked the fact that it is an ongoing process that includes a requirement to demonstrate continuing professional development as well as adherence to a code of ethics.
What difference do you think becoming chartered will make to you?
It enables me to establish that my knowledge, skills and ability to implement sound security approaches have been assessed and validated in a thorough process, by industry experts and further validated by an external Registrar. It also connects me with a community of security professionals, to facilitate knowledge sharing.
How are you hoping to contribute to the growth of professionalism in your location?
I work in the aid and development sector, an industry with some unique and substantial security challenges. I hope to showcase the CSyP as one methodology for aid and development organisations to ensure a high standard for their security staff selection, as well as their systems and procedures.
How can we help you engage more with other CSyPs?
Well, as someone who is in Canada, a robust virtual network will be important, as I won’t be able to travel to many events in the UK, but I will be able to connect with fellow CSyPs through the virtual networks. I look forward to meeting fellow CSyPs both virtually, and hopefully in person!
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